OXFORD — Richard A. Smith was born December 10, 1952, in Fort Lee, Va., and passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Oxford.
Rick is survived by Donna MacMullan Smith, his wife of 42 years; his two sons, Christopher (Amy) and Matthew (Fortuna); and his beloved grandson, Gael.
Rick is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Bruce Homer-Smith, Aline Carillon, Hiacynth Laurin, Chip Smith and Pamela Smith. Rick was dearly loved, tortured and will be missed by his wife’s sisters, Barbara, Virginia and Anita. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Aline Smith.
Rick’s career was centered around IBM, Essex Junction, starting as a technician and ending as a program manager. He retired from a long and successful career in 2016 and in 2018 he and Donna moved from Burlington, Vt., to Oxford Greens in Oxford.
Rick enthusiastically embraced his retirement and life in Oxford Greens by joining every committee possible and participating in almost every event, outing, card game or party. In a short time, he made many close friends and quickly became a big part of the Oxford Greens community.
Rick truly lived his life to the fullest. His family life revolved around his wife and sons, which included annual vacations to Block Island, R.I., and frequent Smith family reunions in locations that spanned the country.
Rick had many varied interests. He enjoyed singing throughout his life and was a member of the Burlington Choral Society. He also enjoyed theater, going all the way back to elementary school and summer stock in New York. He worked as a theater technician at Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and more recently was involved with the Ridge Club Players in Oxford.
Other interests included snowboarding, craft beer (drinking and brewing), fishing, volleyball, snorkeling and pickleball. If you name it, he’d do it.
The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date when they can all gather together.
Donations in Rick’s memory can be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven or the Vermont Brewers Association.